Okay, to recap: The Bachelor’s now-infamous Juan Pablo Galavis did not propose to Nikki Ferrell after giving her the winning rose at the end of season 18. The former soccer player kept the ring securely in his pocket and pointedly declined to utter the three little words that are, in theory, the very premise of the ABC hit: “I love you.”
Despair not for Juan Pablo, 32, or Nikki, 27. Despite what stunned viewers witnessed on the show’s March 10 finale, the two are indeed still dating and even planning a future together.
“She is fantastic—beautiful, great, supportive and smart,” Juan Pablo raved to OK! about the pediatric nurse from Kansas City, Mo. “In one word: fabulous!”
Wanting to keep it that way, the pair met with Jim and Elizabeth Carroll, creators of Marriage Boot Camp on WEtv, for counseling.
“You really don’t know if you’re compatible with another person until you’ve had a couple of good fights,” Jim says. Juan Pablo and Nikki admitted they have fought, but by the end of the quartet’s two-hour lunch in Miami, says Elizabeth, “They actually were on the same page.”
The father of Camila, 4, says he and Nikki are doing their best to make their long-distance relationship work.
In March they attended a wedding in the Dominican Republic together. At a Miami art show the same month, onlookers said the pair seemed happy and affectionate. Before appearing together at another event in Miami, “I took her to a Phillies game,” Juan Pablo says. “She loves baseball.”
None of this surprises the Carrolls of MBC. “Juan is very masculine and Nikki is very nurturing,” Jim says.
“The perfect example of a yin-yang, complementary relationship,” notes Elizabeth. “They’re very different from each other but complement each other beautifully. They could absolutely have an amazing relationship.”
Juan Pablo even admitted to OK! while he was hosting The Pool After Dark at Harrah’s Resort Atlantic City that marriage has crossed his mind. “Seeing my future wife walk down the aisle is very important to me, because I want more kids,” he confided. “But right now is the time for me to get to know Nikki. You don’t force falling in love, you just feel it.”
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